Do you leak when you laugh or sneeze?

Contributed by: James Whiteside, MD, MA, FACOG, FACS, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

I see many women who struggle with urinary incontinence (UI). Sadly, many of these women suffer for years before they muster the courage to talk to me about it. Some just think it’s a normal part of aging. And some are just flat-out too embarrassed to make an appointment. Women need to know that they’re not alone and help is available.

The facts about UI

Women experience UI twice as much as men. And older women experience UI more often than younger women, often due to body changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, a hysterectomy, and normal aging. There are also a number of underlying health conditions that can cause incontinence. Some of the most common include urinary tract infections, overactive bladder and constipation. Even every day factors like drinking too many sodas or your daily prescription medications can cause problems. The good news is there are treatment options—medicine, physical therapy, medical devices, interventional procedures and surgery—available to help with this problem.

The academic environment at UC Health allows for collaboration across specialties. Our clinicians are working hard to shift care delivery models from silos to a true integrated health delivery system capable of following a woman through the continuum of life. Clinicians who practice in the field of urogynecology, obstetrics, primary care, cancer, gastroenterology and neuro to name a few, share a vision of integration both digitally and clinically. We understand how critical it is to look at the whole person not just the disease or complication. In addition to the academic environment, this vision of health delivery is what sets UC Health apart. Give us a call—we’ll help you determine a long-term solution to your condition so you can get back to enjoying what you love most. (513) 475-8588.

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